Dr Allister Gall
Profiles

Dr Allister Gall

Lecturer in Film & Television

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

BA Filmmaking programme leader and lecturer in Filmmaking.

Co-founder of Imperfect Cinema (2010-ongoing). The project began as an open-access film collective. We now create films that explore place, people and memory and facilitate local participatory projects. We are currently working on a large scale film commission for the BFI and The Box, which will explore local communities after dark. In addition, over the previous two years, we have been researching Plymouth’s Union Street and in particular, it’s largely forgotten cinema history for the Home of Movies Project.

My papers, workshops and films have been published, screened and exhibited internationally, including The Box (UK), Besides The Screen (Brazil), The Atlantic Project (UK), Interstate Gallery, (New York, USA), Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy (Australia), Situated Cinemas (Austria), Bad Video Art Festival (Russia), One Plus One Film Journal (UK), Peckham24, South Kiosk Gallery (UK), The London Lift-Off Film Festival (UK), The River Tamar Project / All About the River Festival (UK), the Supersonic Festival (UK), One Plus One Film Journal (UK), The Guardian (UK), Visible Evidence XIII (USA), NECS (Paris and Prague), KISMIF (Portugal) and British Radical Screens (UK).


Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Plymouth University, 2016

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, 2014
Masters of Research (Mres), Plymouth University, 2009
BA (Hons) Theatre Arts, Franklin Pierce University USA, 2003

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Teaching interests

Allister leads the BA (Hons) Filmmaking programme.

Allister is interested in narrative forms, experimental moving image practice and interdisciplinary approaches, including socially engaged art practices and expanded approaches to filmmaking and cinema. 

Research interests

Dr Allister Gall explores filmmaking and socially engaged community film projects. 

There are two main themes to my research:

1, I co-facilitate the Imperfect Cinema project (2010 – on-going), a social-participatory project for filmmaking and other forms of cultural production. We organise DIY micro-cinema events, workshops, live screen/music performance, documentary-interactive projects, symposiums and get-togethers. As practice as research, we consider how the lessons from Imperfect Cinema can develop new forms of participative processes, opportunities for knowledge exchange and new imaginings around pedagogy. This work is focussing on the important role imperfection and socially situated art practice plays in instigating actions/productions and shaping experiences and values in and through local communities.

2, The second aspect of my work considers ways in which filmmaking can explore place, people and memory.

Publications / Conferences / Talks

Imperfect Cinema: Home of Movies artist talk and screening at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, 2020.

Contributor to Robert Brown’s Professorial Lecture Series; dialogues: towards a community of praxis, 2020.

Invited Talk: Reel Lives, Amateur, DIY and ‘Imperfect’ Filmmaking, University of the Arts, London, UK.

Co-creator of Diffractive Happening PhD Workshop, Plymouth University, 2019.

Co-convener of Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, Society of Artistic Research (SAR) conference, Plymouth, 2019.

Imperfect Cinema Guest Talk | Workshop at Situated Cinemas Conference, Klagenfurt University, Austria, 2018.

Situated Cinemas, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, ‘The Virtues of Non-Virtuosity in Socially Situated Cinema’, 2018.

Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, Society of Artistic Research, Plymouth University. ‘Becoming Imperfect’, 2018.

Workshopping an Imperfect I.Docs Praxis, I.Doc Conference, Bristol, 2018.

The NECS 2017 Conference, Sensibilities and the senses: Media, bodies, Practices, ‘The Politics of Imperfect Aesthetics’, 2017

Visible Evidence xxiii: New Frontiers in Documentary, ‘For an Imperfect i-doc’, School of Film and Photography, Montana State University, USA, 2016

MeCCSA2016 Conference, Canterbury University: ‘Imperfect d.i.y Communities’, 2016

KISMIF Conference, Porto: ‘Imperfect Practices: Film, punk and collectivity’, 2015

Plymouth University, Inclusive Practice: ‘The Problems of Assessment in Media Arts’, 2014

The Guardian: ‘DIY Culture, how to do it yourself’, 2014

Exeter University, QERN: ‘Interplay(ing): Building Democratic Approaches to Film’, 2013

Roehampton University Theorising Practice, Practicing Theory: “For An Imperfect Practice’, 2013

Plymouth University, ‘Is it TV? Or Something Else?: ‘Online and Local Television Networks: A new pedagogy for a changing media’, 2013

Avanca Cinema: Arts and Communication, ‘(Re)Framing Punk Cinema’, 2013

NECS Cinema and Media International Conference, Prague: ‘Imperfect Makes Practice’, 2012

Avanca Cinema Conference, Portugal: ‘Reviewing Punk Cinema’, 2012

Making Futures International Conference: ‘Imperfect Cinema: Making Futures?’ 2012

Dirty Hands Symposium: ‘Imperfect Cinema; Participation, Micro-Cinema & DIY Punk’, 2012

As a research assistant, I co-organised the ‘Is it TV? Or Something Else?’ symposium at Plymouth University, 2012

One Plus One Filmmaker’s Journal, in collaboration with Dan Paolantonio, Imperfect Cinema: DiY Punk, Micro-Cinema and Participation, 2011

Requiem///102 Project with Nicholas Rombes, 2011

British Radical Screens Symposium: ‘Towards an Imperfect Film Practice’, 2010


Workshops

Home of Movies Workshop at Exeter School of Art, 2020.

Cinaesthesia Workshop, part of the Imperfect Cinema Home of Movies Project, Plymouth, 2019.

Imperfect 68, part of the Radical Film Network 1968 project, Plymouth, 2018

An imperfect film workshop, COGNOVO Scientific Mythologies Workshop, 2016

Imperfect Cine-Train, All About the River Festival, 2014.

An Imperfect Walk, Walk On, 2014


Grants & contracts

Grants & Contracts

2020 - The Box After Dark Film Commission

2020 - The Box State of Emergency Commission

2020 - Artistic Research Grant for Home of Movies Project

2020 - Nudge Community Builders grant for Home of Movies Project

2018 - Cinaesthesia - The Atlantic Project

2017 - Artistic Research Grant for Future Imperfect Symposium

2016 - Residential workshop participant - Cornwall Workshop with LUX

2014 - Grant for Tamar film & workshop project, All About the River Festival

2013 - Grant for Imperfect Takeover project, Peninsular Arts

2010 - Grant for View From Here Documentary


Creative practice & artistic projects

Screenings / Exhibitions

DAILY EXERCISE, The Box, 2020.

BLVD (Work in Progress). Plymouth Art Weekender, 2019.

UNION STREET CINEMA HISTORY WALK, 2019.

CINAESTHESIA, The Atlantic Project, 2019.

HOME OF MOVIES, The Atlantic Project, 2019.

IMPERFECT CINEMA: HIDDEN VOICES, Plymouth History Festival, 2019.

ARRIVAL OF A TRAIN IN LOS SANTOS, Besides the Screen, Brazil, 2019.

EYEBALL, Bad Video Art Festival, Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2019.

NO COMMANDER 5, Imperfect 68/Radical Film Network. Imperfect Cinema Union Corner, Plymouth, 2018.

SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE: IMPROVISED! Studio24, Leeds. IRIS, 2017

NO FIXED RULES: Four films inspired by Malcolm Le Grice. Inspired by Le Grice, created with Gall, Take a Part & Peninsula Arts, 2017

SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE! Future Imperfect Symposium, Plymouth University, 2017

SPRING. Love to Read Filmmaking Project. Future Imperfect Symposium, Plymouth University, 2017.

EVERYTHING IMPERFECT. Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy, RMIT University, Melbourne, 2016

TAMAR: RECORDED. Peckham24 Moving image, Omgyjer Glusek: South Kiosk Gallery London, 2016

EVERYTHING IMPERFECT. MeCCSA2016 Conference, Canterbury University: ‘Imperfect d.i.y Communities’, 2016

HOME: 3 YEARS ON. Native Makers Festival, 2015

TAMAR (revisited) with IMPERFECT ORCHESTRA. Plymouth Arts Centre, 2014.

TAMAR with IMPERFECT CINEMA ORCHESTRA. Commissioned by ‘All About the River Film Festival’ & ‘River Tamar Project’, 2014

EVERYTHING IMPERFECT. Imperfect Takeover. Peninsula Arts, 2013

THE BIG DREAM. Goldsmith & Exploding Cinema: Besides the Screen, 2013

IMPERFECT CINEMA. One Minute edition. Plymouth Art Centre, 2012

Co-workshop facilitator and producer of collaborative film Imperfect Cinema & ‘Drunk in Hell’ at the Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, 2012

Co-workshop facilitator and producer of collaborative film Imperfect Cinema & ‘SOUNDkitchen’ at the Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, 2011

IMPERFECT CINEMA NYC. Interstate Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC, 2011

NEED. London Lift-Off International Film Festival, 2011

DEADLY IS THE DOLL. View From Here Film Festival, 2010

Workshops Facilitated 

Home of Movies Workshop at Exeter School of Art, 2020.

Cinaesthesia Workshop, part of the Imperfect Cinema Home of Movies Project, Plymouth, 2019.

Imperfect 68, part of the Radical Film Network 1968 project, Plymouth, 2018

An imperfect film workshop, COGNOVO Scientific Mythologies Workshop, 2016

Imperfect Cine-Train, All About the River Festival, 2014.

An Imperfect Walk, Walk On, 2014




PUBLICATIONS & CONFERENCES

Sightline's: Filmmaking in the Academy, RMIt University, Melbourne Australia

Visible Evidence xxiii: New Frontiers in Documentary, 'For an Imperfect i-doc', School of Film and Photography, Montana State University, USA

MeCCSA2016 Conference, Canterbury University:‘Imperfect d.i.y Communities'

KISMIF Conference, Porto: ‘Imperfect Practices: Film, punk and collectivity'

Plymouth University, Inclusive Practice: ‘The Problems of Assessment in Media Arts’

 The Guardian: ‘DIY Culture, how to do it yourself'

Exeter University, QERN: ‘Interplay(ing): Building Democratic Approaches to Film'

Roehampton University Theorising Practice, Practicing Theory: “For An Imperfect Practice'

Plymouth University, ‘Is it TV? Or Something Else?:‘Online and Local Television Networks: A new pedagogy for a changing media

Avanca Cinema: Arts and Communication, ‘(Re)Framing Punk Cinema'

NECS Cinema and Media International Conference,Prague: ‘Imperfect Makes Practice'

Avanca Cinema Conference, Portugal: ‘Reviewing Punk Cinema’

Making Futures International Conference: ‘Imperfect Cinema: Making Futures?'

Dirty Hands Symposium: ‘Imperfect Cinema; Participation,Micro-Cinema & DIY Punk’

As research assistant, co-organised the ‘Is it TV? Or Something Else?’ symposium at Plymouth University 2011

 One Plus One Filmmakers Journal, in collaboration with Dan Paolantonio

Requiem///102 Project with Nicolas Rombes, author of New Punk Cinema

British Radical Screens Symposium: ‘Towards a Radical Film Practice’

Reports & invited lectures

Imperfect Cinema: Home of Movies artist talk and screening at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, 2020.

Contributor to Robert Brown’s Professorial Lecture Series; dialogues: towards a community of praxis, 2020.

Invited Talk: Reel Lives, Amateur, DIY and ‘Imperfect’ Filmmaking, University of the Arts, London, UK.

Imperfect Cinema Guest Talk | Workshop at Situated Cinemas Conference, Klagenfurt University, Austria, 2018.

Situated Cinemas, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, ‘The Virtues of Non-Virtuosity in Socially Situated Cinema’, 2018.


Other academic activities

Publications / Conferences / Talks

Workshopping an Imperfect I.Docs Praxis, I.Doc Conference, Bristol, 2018.

The NECS 2017 Conference, Sensibilities and the senses: Media, bodies, Practices, ‘The Politics of Imperfect Aesthetics’, 2017

Visible Evidence xxiii: New Frontiers in Documentary, ‘For an Imperfect i-doc’, School of Film and Photography, Montana State University, USA, 2016

MeCCSA2016 Conference, Canterbury University: ‘Imperfect d.i.y Communities’, 2016

KISMIF Conference, Porto: ‘Imperfect Practices: Film, punk and collectivity’, 2015

Plymouth University, Inclusive Practice: ‘The Problems of Assessment in Media Arts’, 2014

The Guardian: ‘DIY Culture, how to do it yourself’, 2014

Exeter University, QERN: ‘Interplay(ing): Building Democratic Approaches to Film’, 2013

Roehampton University Theorising Practice, Practicing Theory: “For An Imperfect Practice’, 2013

Plymouth University, ‘Is it TV? Or Something Else?: ‘Online and Local Television Networks: A new pedagogy for a changing media’, 2013

Avanca Cinema: Arts and Communication, ‘(Re)Framing Punk Cinema’, 2013

NECS Cinema and Media International Conference, Prague: ‘Imperfect Makes Practice’, 2012

Avanca Cinema Conference, Portugal: ‘Reviewing Punk Cinema’, 2012

Making Futures International Conference: ‘Imperfect Cinema: Making Futures?’ 2012

Dirty Hands Symposium: ‘Imperfect Cinema; Participation, Micro-Cinema & DIY Punk’, 2012

One Plus One Filmmaker’s Journal, in collaboration with Dan Paolantonio, Imperfect Cinema: DiY Punk, Micro-Cinema and Participation, 2011

Requiem///102 Project with Nicholas Rombes, 2011

British Radical Screens Symposium: ‘Towards an Imperfect Film Practice’, 2010


Links

www.allistergall.com

www.imperfectcinema.com